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Spring Table Inspirations

Mar 8, 2017 2:48:51 PM

As we prepare to shake off winter we get excited about what spring has to offer.  Warmer weather, blooming flowers and it seems like we gear up for more entertaining, bridal showers, Easter, Mother's Day just to name a few. 

Here are some inspirations to help you prepare your spring table.

Serve it up with flowers!

bella biancaBella Bianca | Image:  Valdirose.blogspot.com

Nothing says spring like flowers!  Pick your favorite palette and use them to set the scene!


Finezza | Image: French Country Cottage.net

Tuscan Table

Tuscan | Image: Decor Gold Designs

Bella Bianca

Bella Bianca | Burano Wine Glass | Image: French Country Cottage

Add some pastel linens to the table in pink, peach or soft blue.

Vetro Gold Charger

Vetro Gold Charger | Image: pinterest

We also love mixing vintage china with some of our popular chargers.  It's a great way of celebrating tables you grew up with in a new and fresh way.

Finezza Blue

Finezza Blue Charger | Image: French Country Cottage

Adding a touch of whimsey to the table is also a sweet idea for this time of year.  We are in love with these sweet speckled eggs.

Bella Bianca

Bella Bianca Salad Plate | Image: Valdirose.blogspot.com


Merletto Dinnerware | Image: French Country Cottage


Image: stylebyemilyhenderson.com

Adding a sweet rabbit or lamb is also pretty adorable.


Image: French Country Cottage


Image: Pinterest

Finezza charger

Finezza Charger | Image: Between Naps on the Porch

Another thing we love is incorporating fresh produce (fruits and veggies) into your decor or centerpieces.


Finezza Dinnerware | Image: French Country Cottage

Bella Bianca

Bella Bianca | Image: The Gathering of Friends


Image: Between Naps on the Porch.net

Happy Spring!

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Farmhouse Style

Feb 14, 2017 1:04:39 PM

One of the big trends for 2017 is the modern farmhouse design, whether in your kitchen, bath or laundry room.  We have been seeing this design trend all over from Pinterest to TV shows (you know the one), this look is relaxed, classic and timeless.

Vintage Pewter                                                                                                                                                                   Vintage Pewter

You can achieve the modern farmhouse feel by using Arte Italica for stunning accessories to fill your space.  Our Tuscan Collection works especially well with it's clean, simple lines and pewter details. Our canisters, centerpiece bowls or pitchers for flowers will work perfectly!


                Image: Valdirose.blogspot.com                                                                                     Tuscan Bowl


Kitchen Organization

                                                                                                                                       Tuscan Canisters

Tuscan Table
                 Image: Traditional Home Magazine                                                                   Tuscan Dinnerware

Bella Bianca is another beautiful option.  Imagine a glass butler's pantry full of white dinnerware in interesting shapes and styles!
Bella Bianca Collection
     Image: French Country Cottage                                                       Bella Bianca Dinnerware & Serveware below

Bella Bowl
               Image: valdirose.blogspot.com                                                                              Bella Bianca Bowl

Tuscan & Bella Bianca
Kitchen Image: Pinterest | Tuscan Bowl | Tuscan Canisters | Bella Bianca Image: The Gathering of Friends | Kitchen Image: Pinterest | Bella Bianca Image: French Country Cottage

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Gifts for Your Sweetheart!

Jan 26, 2017 12:07:03 PM

Valentine's Day is approaching so this year give your sweetie a gift they can use all year!


This year celebrate with a fruity cocktail or champagne punch in our Valentina Flutes.


Have a sweet tooth, order custom chocolates, cookies or chocolate covered strawberries and serve them on a pretty platter.


Bella Bianca Beaded Tray

Here are some of our favorites.


Bella Bianca Tray / Tuscan Oval Platter / Finezza Oval Platter / Giulietta Platter / Vintage Round Tray

For the entertainer, give a gift that wows like a tiered stand.


Tuscan Stand / Merletto Stand

Grab a bouquet at your local grocer and place them in a vase or pitcher that can be used for many years.


Merletto Pitcher

Choose from one of these beauties!

vases and pitchers

Giovanna Vase / Giulietta Pitcher / Tuscan Pitcher / Vintage Pitcher

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Happy 20th Anniversary to Us!

Jan 5, 2017 4:28:21 PM

It is hard to believe that 20 years has passed since Arte Italica was first created by Ann Skidmore, a stay at home mom in CA.  Ann started Arte Italica from her home and the first shipments were from her garage, with all the family helping out!  A couple of years later, Arte Italica moved its offical office to NY and began warehousing on the east coast.  Her dream had come true and years of beautiful Italian products were born!


Early photo of Ann (far right) with our Italian Pewter Factory Family

It was pewter that Ann fell in love with and was the inspiration for Arte Italica.  She met a wonderful Italian family who's pewter factory in Brescia, Italy, had been making beautiful pewter pieces for generations.  Today, pewter is still the backbone of our company.

First Catalog Cover

Arte Italica first catalog cover

early pewter offerings

Some of the original pewter pieces offered by Arte Italica, some still sold today.

Pewter wasn't the only category offered, Ann shared a deep love and passion for Italian ceramics as well.  She began working with another factory who had been creating exquisite hand painted and hand crafted ceramics for generations as well.


The Antico Collection-Stayed apart of the collection for over 10 years.

It wasn't until 1999 that things really changed when Arte Italica introduced the popular Tuscan Collection.  Never before produced, Ann and the Italian factory developed a collection where pewter rims and handles were added to Italian Ceramic.  Bringing a brand new look and a completely new design to the market, Tuscan exploded onto the marketplace!

Tuscan Collection

Early photo of The Tuscan Collection

With Tuscan's great success Ann continued to experiment with adding pewter to other materials, such as glass, and Tesoro was born in 2005.


Then pewter with slate came our Pietra Trays in 2009

Slate Trays

In 2010, Ann helped to create pewter with French Porcelain.


Today we continue Ann's vision to take her beloved Pewter and combine it with other elements.  Most recently it is our Giorgio Barware where we combine pewter, leather and glass.


Giorgio Collection-2016

As mentioned, ceramics also played a big role in forming Arte Italica.  Our successful Pompeii Garden Series, introduced in 2004, featured over 8 styles in 7 colors.

Pompeii Garden 

Our Medici Collection, introduced in 2009 and still one of our best sellers, was a big hit for Arte Italica.


It paved the way for a new look and feel at Arte Italica, taking classic Italian colors and painting with a more neutral and vintage feel.  This was unique in that most of the painting at this time was very bold and bright.  Many patterns followed like Chianti and Amorini, but then came Natale in 2013!


Historically Arte Italica had never done holiday or a pattern specific to a season so we were all nervous.  Initially Natale was only 5 pieces, but grew so successful today it has over 29 pieces and sub-collections like glassware and linens.

Through the years products have come and gone, but over all there will always be products that stand the test of time.  Our Tuscan Dinnerware is still our top pattern, Medici, Bella Bianca, Burano, Natale and Vetro Gold are as well.  Arte Italica strives to follow the vision Ann set forth as seen in our most recent Spring 2017 Introduction, like Eleganza and Notturo.

We look forward to bringing you more beautiful Italian made products in the next 20 years!

Here is a passage from our first catalog.

"Why should it be that this ancient land is still home to many of the world's greatest artisans?  Why is it that the soul of Italy is still the fountain from which the world's appreciation of color and design emanate? It is simply the pride and tradition of the families.  Fathers training their sons...Mothers inspiring their daughters...To Love and appreciate the natural splendor of the rich countryside and to imitate that splendor with their own hands."


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Italian Artisan visits the US

Dec 22, 2016 1:04:31 PM

We were thrilled when Mara Vicariucci agreed to leave her small Italian village and spend 10 days with us visiting local stores in the North East.  Mara, has been painting from an early age and today is the Master Artisan in the factory that produces favorites such as Burano, Medici and our popular Natale.  

Mara in Italian Factory

Mara, speaking no english, traveled with our Italian Designer, Marinella Lombardini, and shared her incredible talent with seven stores in the NJ, NY and PA area.

Mara painting with young girl

She allowed holiday shoppers to assist her in painting pieces from our Natale Collection.

Mara Signing

Mara also took time to personalize pieces for shoppers with messages like Buon Natale

(Merry Christmas in Italian).

Exclusive Natale Piece

Available at the Artisan Events was an exclusive Natale Piece, this square platter, that Mara had personally signed.

Make sure you watch the video of Mara painting.  It shows her painting our Natale Salad plate, although the video is sped up, it took her 10 minutes to complete!  Each piece of Arte Italica is hand painted and handcrafted by talented artisans like Mara, making each piece a work of art!  

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